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Talking Black / Talking Back : A Celebration of the Struggles & Songs of African-Americans in History & Culture

(For Teens grades 9-12)

This spring, the Enoch Pratt Library, in partnership with Bard High School Early College at Baltimore invites Baltimore area high school students to participate in its poetry and social justice project: Talking Black/Talking Back: A Celebration of the Struggles and Songs of African-Americans in History and Culture. 
Practice photography, podcasting, writing, and art skills with local professionals while contributing to the revival of the Chicory Magazine, a very special Baltimore social justice platform!
The workshops and presentations will be held online as follows via the Enoch Pratt Library Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 pm from April 3rd-May 29th. 
*Sign up for as many, or all, as you like!*
April 3*
"Talking Black": A Celebration of the Struggles and Songs of Everyday People 
This presentation features the poetry of Lucille Clifton + Intro to the Chicory Revitalization Project 
April 10
Workshop I: A Language for the People, by the People: Lucille Clifton and the Black Arts Movement in Baltimore. In this session, students learn how the work of Lucille Clifton and other lesser known voices helped shape Baltimore's Black Arts scene from the late 1960s to the 1980s.
April 17
Workshop II: Poetry+Social History: An Introduction to the Archives of Chicory: Young Voices from the Black Ghetto. In this workshop, students get introduced to the Chicory archives and learn how archival research can be applied to the arts.
April 24
Workshop III: Poetry+Illustration. In this session, students discover the powerful link between the written word and visual art. 
May 1
Workshop IV: Poetry+'Zines!!!. Following in the tradition of Chicory, students attending this workshop will learn how a grassroots medium can bring life to their art. 
May 8
Workshop V: Poetry+Journalism. In this session, students learn how poems act as artifacts of their time and discover the art of "lyrical journalism" by turning newspaper stories into poetry.
May 15
Workshop VI: Poetry+Photography. Students taking this workshop learn how the arts of photography and poetry reinforce each other in the act of storytelling. 
May 22
Workshop VII: Poetry+Film. In this last workshop, student learn the art of putting their poetry in motion.
May 29
"Talking Back": A Showcase of Student Work to Document "Our Very Plagued Year"

Register HERE

Space limited, sign up ASAP! 

For questions, please contact the Teen Center at:

Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Poetry, Virtual Event

Age Group


Compass Category

Just For Teens

Event Publisher

Felix Davila - for Teens

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